Inspired by Pie's post from a couple of years ago Clan Jolly spent the last week of July and first week of August in Northern Spain. We camped at Camping El Rosal just outside the town of San Vicente de la Barquera, about an hour west of Santander. We had originally intended to spend 4 or 5 days at El Rosal before moving to a site in the Picos De Europa mountains for a few days and then returning to the coast for the final couple of days of the holiday but it turned out to be a great site in a brilliant location so we stayed there for the duration. Camping El Rosal is on a small headland that has the sea on one side and a river estuary on the other. When the tide comes in the estuary fills up and there are beaches on both sides of the camp site. The 'seaside' beach is only 2 or 3 minutes walk from the site entrance and the 'estuary' beach about 4 minutes. The seaside beach: The estuary beach: The site itself is a bit of a mixture of large, semi-shaded pitches with ample room for a van & awning and smaller pitches where you can just about fit a van. There is also a nice tiered area for small tents. On site is a nice bar/cafe where they sell really nice food and do great cafe con leche. There is also a small shop attached selling the essentials, including chilled 1l bottles of San Miguel for €2 and Camping Gaz refills for €13 (the one I got in GB before going on hols was £21.40!). Across the road from the site is row of shops that contains a small supermarket, a fruit and veg shop, a surf shop and a great bread and cake shop. We spend hours and hours on the beach, swimming, boogie boarding or just lazing and Tomos had a surf lesson one day. He did really well and was standing up and getting some nice rides in no time.